21 May Important Information Regarding COVID-19 and MDHA’s Operations (Updated Regularly)
COVID-19 Update From Mayor John Cooper
Mayor John Cooper announced in April 2021, that beginning May 14, 2021, all COVID-19 capacity limitations in Nashville will be lifted. This step in reopening marked six weeks since the COVID-19 vaccine became available to all adults in Nashville. For the latest updates from Mayor Cooper and Metro’s coordinated response, visit COVID19.Nashville.gov.
Update from the Metro Public Health Department Regarding Masks
On May 13, 2021, the Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) announced that the indoor mask order would expire on May 14, 2021. The MPHD continues to strongly recommend wearing masks for those who are unvaccinated when in crowds, indoors and when unable to socially distance, as also recommended by the CDC.
In alignment with the lifting of all COVID-19 restrictions in Davidson County and the guidance set forth by the MPHD and the CDC, all MDHA offices reopened to the public May 14, 2021. In addition, community rooms, playgrounds and basketball courts have reopened at MDHA properties.
Masks are still strongly encouraged to be worn by all MDHA staff, residents and guests at all times when inside common areas of MDHA buildings, especially by those who are not yet fully vaccinated.
All Davidson County residents age 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for free with no insurance needed. MPHD will continue to offer second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Music City Center Clinic through May 28. Walk-ins will continue to be served on a first-come, first-served basis at the clinic between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. until the clinic closes at the end of the day on May 28. Though the Music City Center Clinic closes at the end of May, MPHD will continue to offer appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine at the former Kmart site at 2491 Murfreesboro Pike. Both the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and the single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are available for individuals to choose between at this site. Davidson County residents between the ages of 12 and 15 may receive the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the drive-thru site at the former Kmart or at Recover Health at 1207 Jefferson St. Appointments are available at COVID19.Nashville.gov or by calling 615-862-7777.
Homebound Nashville residents may request an appointment through MPHD for a COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and can be made by calling 615-862-7777 or by emailing Homebound.Vaccination@nashville.gov. When emailing, please include name, address, email address, age and whether there is a home health agency affiliation. MPHD will follow up with a confirmed appointment time. A choice of the two-dose Pfizer or single-dose Johnson & Johnson will be available.
Food Assistance, Financial Assistance and Other Resources
- The Metropolitan Action Commission of Nashville and Davidson County’s Housing, Opportunity, Partnership and Employment (HOPE) program is now accepting applications from renters impacted by COVID-19 who need assistance catching up on past-due payments that are up to 12 months late at hope.nashville.gov. Those who have questions or need assistance applying may call 615-862-7368 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday to speak with a representative.
- If you are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis, the United Way of Greater Nashville COVID-19 Response Fund is designed to help you connect with the assistance you need. For a list of nonprofits and partners that are helping with financial assistance, food assistance, mental health and more click here. Make sure to check back often, as the list is updated regularly as more community resources become available.
- If you or someone you know is in need of food, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee’s FIND FOOD tool is a valuable resource for finding a food distribution site close to you. To find a food bank near you, click here. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.
- Metro Nashville Public Schools offers no-cost breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under based on federal guidelines. School breakfast and lunch for virtual learners are now available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, though children will have meals for the whole week provided to them. Meals can be picked up at schools between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free food boxes are also available for families to pickup at several schools. Click here for times and locations.
- COVID Help Nashville connects individuals with a volunteer who is able to run errands for those who are worried or unable to leave their homes. The volunteer will pick up groceries or medications and drop them off with no contact. The delivery is free but those utilizing the service are responsible for payment of their groceries or other items. To receive assistance, please email COVIDHelpNashville@gmail.com or call 615-447-8260.
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is issuing the third round of Economic Income Payments. These payments will be distributed automatically with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment. If you do NOT file taxes and need to submit your information, please visit here. Check Get My Payment for the status of your third Economic Impact Payment.
- If you need to file for unemployment, visit jobs4tn.gov and click on Unemployment Benefits, then File a Claim.
- Persons in crisis should call the Metro Mobile Crisis line at 615-726-0125, or the Metro Crisis Center at 615-244-7444, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). If the crisis is life threatening, dial 911.